Dixie’s Gift by Barbara Edwards

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Dixie’s Gift by Barbara Edwards
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal, Holiday, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Ellen Carter deeply grieves for her husband Dan, but at least she still has Dixie, her beloved Malinois. However, soon Dixie leaves her too. But the faithful dog cannot rest easy in heaven while her mistress is unhappy. Dixie pleads with the Archangel Michael to let her send help, and intercedes for Ellen in the only way she can. But will Ellen get the message, and more importantly, will she accept Dixie’s gift?

Sexy newcomer Michael Burke can barely take enough time from his successful restaurant for a decent night’s sleep, let alone romance. Still, he is intrigued by the beautiful widow and can’t resist entering her shop. Sparks fly, and when Ellen has an accident in a snowstorm, he comes to her rescue. Trapped by a blizzard and aided by Dixie’s Gift, Ellen and Michael find more than shelter–they find love.

It’s never too late to have a happy ending.

All of the food in this book made my mouth water. The descriptions of the various meals that the characters cooked for each other were so vivid that I could almost taste them myself. Even the simple dishes sounded incredibly delicious. Small details like this matter a lot to me. I really appreciate it when authors take the time to describe the worlds they’ve created with as many senses as possible.

The blurb lead me to believe that I’d be reading a ghost story that had romantic elements, so I was surprised to see how much the plot focused on the living, human characters instead of on Dixie and her mission. While I adored Ellen and Michael, most of the conflict had to do with how and if Dixie would be able to convince her former master to move on with her life. It didn’t make sense to me to draw the audience’s attention away from that tension by having other characters narrate what was going on.

With that being said, I did enjoy seeing Michael and Ellen interact. They were so sweet and kind to each other. Knowing as much as I did about their backstories and personalities also made it easy for me to hope they’d end up together. They seemed like they had a lot in common, and that’s something I look for in a romance novel.

I’d recommend Dixie’s Gift to anyone who is in the mood for a heartwarming read.

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